Baruch Fischhoff-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Baruch Fischhoff

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Department of Social and Decision Sciences and Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
Porter Hall, 219E
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Baruch Fischhoff, Ph.D., is Howard Heinz University Professor in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences and Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon, where he is head of the decision sciences major and the Center for Integrated Study of Human Dimensions of Global Change. He holds a B.S. in mathematics and psychology from Wayne State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has served on some two dozen NAS/NRC/IOM committees. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and recipient of its Early Career Awards for Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Psychology and for Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest. He is president of the Society for Risk Analysis and recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award. He has been president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. He is a member of the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Advisory Committee and of the Environmental Protection Agency?s Scientific Advisory Board, where he chairs the subcommittee on homeland security. He is a member of the World Federation of Scientists Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism. Professor Fischhoff's research includes risk perception and communication, risk analysis and management, adolescent decision making, medical-informed consent, and environmental protection. He has co-authored or edited four books, "Acceptable Risk" (1981), "A Two-State Solution in the Middle East: Prospects and Possibilities" (1993), "Preference Elicitation" (1999) and "Risk Communication: The Mental Models Approach" (2001).
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"My research is dedicated to communication between experts and laypeople, allowing experts to address lay concerns and lay people to understand what the experts have done."